history of social mediaDo you still remember when it was when social media and social networking hit the online world like a storm?

I did some online research about the history of social media and I was really surprised to know that it dates back to some 40 years ago!

Can You Recall From What Year

You Started Dabbling With

Social Networking?

(You’re not compelled to reveal your age at your detriment but should you desire so, just consider it as a sign of being technologically-advanced! Nothing wrong with being a prime mover! It always pays to be first, right? )

ircI remembered starting with IRC or the Internet Relay Chat in the early 1990s. You have to log in to different “channels” with your “nick” (short for nickname, I believe) and hashtags (#) were already the rage then! (Twitter is really not an original!) I can still remember typing #JOIN if you want to enter a particular channel; #WHOIS if you want to know more about the person you are chatting with; and, #ASL if you’re asking for age, sex, and location details.

Personally, I don’t think people were very honest then about sharing details and information in IRC unless you join a channel where everybody already knows everyone but it was really a good avenue for group communication in real time. The anonymity that clothed all its users was actually one of its selling points. You can be whoever you want to be.


The next thing down the line in the history of social media is GeoCities. For the love of me, I just cannot recall if I made my own site using GeoCities but I remembered being part of this community as well.

Needless to say, at the turn of the new millennium, the .com phenomenon turned the world upside down and to date, we have been invaded with a lot of social media ranging from Friendster to MySpace to Facebook to YouTube to Twitter and of course to the Google phenomena that recently culminated with its Google +1.

The course of Internet history has drastically changed then. It would seem, now, that if you don’t have a presence in the online world, then, you are virtually non-existent, pun intended.

Just to refresh your memory, here’s a timeline of the history of social media that I found and although I couldn’t really relate to some of the media mentioned, it gives us a pretty good picture of social media’s journey.

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To Your Success,

Elmar Sandyck

Elmar Sandyck

9 thoughts on “Can You Recall When Social Media Started?

  1. Hi Elmar! Wow, these things I almost forgot! Thanks so much for reigniting my interest in learning more about the history of social media. I haven’t been paying attention all this time and I’m glad I ran into your post here.

  2. Hi Linda,

    Looking back gives us a realization of how far we’ve come with technology. It’s great to share my trip down the memory lane, thanks for stopping by 🙂 .

    Take care,

  3. Hi Oliver,

    Social Media has really come a long way. When we think about it, isn’t it amazing how each site has evolved?! Who thought we’d come this far and how far do you think will we go from here?

    Food for thought for everyone. 🙂

    Take care,

  4. Hi Janet,

    Just by looking back we can really see how fast social sites have been evolving. So happy you are galloping your way to Google +1! Thanks so much for the comment. 🙂


  5. Hi,

    With all the features and modules being packed in the current social media sites like Facebook, the true essence of social media platforms like this has remain unchanged – create interaction with others.

    It has really been a long way since the IRC days but, yes, it was a work in progress!

    Great to hear from you and hope to see you here again 🙂

    Take care,

  6. Hi Ilka,

    Social media sites are popping up like mushrooms nowadays and you’ll never really know what’s coming up next!

    Oh, there are definitely more of these to come!

    Take care,

  7. Hi,

    Same here, with so many social media sites out there we couldn’t probably name all of them 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    Take care,

  8. Hi Mike,

    Hey thanks for that added bit of info! Anything is possible now with technology and yes, I bet years from now, computers could start socializing by itself! Not sure if that’s scary. I mean, the prospect of interacting with a computer, not a person, is quite mind-boggling to say the least. But, yes, not yet, not yet.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

    Take care,

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